‘Harsh on Bolger’ – Imps name their line up for MK Dons clash

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Cian Bolger is the only player to miss out tonight as the Imps look to extend their 100% start to the season away at MK Dons.

The former Fleetwood man has been in fine form so far, but was always going to face a battle to displace Jason Shackell and Michael Bostwick. Shackell, who missed the first three matches of the season through suspension, returned to the side that beat Southend 4-0 at the weekend.

Bolger also started that game, with midfielder Michael O’Connor missing out. He replaced Bostick after half time of the encounter, with both having had less of a pre-season than Danny would like.

This evening, it is Bolger who misses out. He is one of only three players who have played all 397 minutes of the Imps opening four fixtures (stat courtesy of Tom Williams) with Harry Toffolo and midfield dynamo Jack Payne the other two.

It does seem harsh on Bolger who has barely put a foot wrong thus far this season, but as Danny explained before the game it is one area he can rotate the side.

Supporters have responded on Twitter, largely agreeing that it’s harsh, but also that it’s football for you.

I haven’t had much chance to do build-up for this evening’s games sadly, my apologies. It’s not an anti-MK crusade as one person congratulated me on, just a lack of time issue.


  1. Watching Bostwick be eased out the way in the air for the first goal made me crave Bolger. But that is not why we lost last night. I disagree with Danny that we lost because we didn’t defend well enough. We lost because we just didn’t finish our chances.

    It does also seem mad that we are short of players and rightly complain about this, and then complain when we rotate our players and leave one out who has played well.

  2. Bozzy and Shack are always are first choice pairing. Yes Bolger’s had a good start, but when your best players are fit, you play them. Their no. 9 was very busy first half and gave Bozzy a good game. Thought O’ Conner was outstanding until he went off and we played very well without testing their keeper as much as we would have liked second half.

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